Backs secure five-try bonus

Published 23/01/2016 | 00:00

Out-half Ivan Poole making tracks through the Clondalkin rearguard
Out-half Ivan Poole making tracks through the Clondalkin rearguard

Enniscorthy backs were on fire on Saturday as they secured a five-try bonus win to consolidate their position at the top of the Leinster League Division 1A table.

Enniscorthy 31 Clondalkin 5

The match was played under ideal conditions with little wind and no rain which suited the home side. It was a fine team performance with all the substitutes playing their part in the victory.

The scoring started after 15 minutes when out-half Ivan Poole made a superb break up the right touchline before transferring to right wing Ivan Jacob who jinked his way over from ten metres.

Five minutes later Jacob fielded a high ball and raced 30 metres to score a superb individual try under the posts which Poole converted.

Enniscorthy were now in top gear and they attacked down the left side with left wing David O'Dwyer. Before he was tackled near the corner he neatly passed inside to full-back Ross Barbour who crashed over. This try gave the home side a 17-0 lead at half-time.

In the second-half the Wexford men went in search of a fourth try to give them a valuable bonus point. Clondalkin did not lie down and played some good rugby but they could not score due to some excellent defending by the hosts. They also missed two kickable penalties.

The break came with 20 minutes left. Enniscorthy were awarded a penalty try when a succession of scrums were pulled down by the opposition. Jack Kelly, now playing at out-half, converted this try.

Soon afterwards centre Hughie O'Neill broke up the middle and passed to Ross Barbour who found Ivan Jacob sprinting on his outside. Jacob's speed did the rest as he ran in from 30 metres for his third try which Kelly converted from out wide. Clondalkin to be fair never gave up and a scored a try with five minutes left.

It was a welcome return for lock Tomás Stamp after two months out through injury. Both he and Seán Wall had fine games in the second row. Star man though was Ivan Jacob.

With three games left the top of the table looks like this: 1, Enniscorthy, 45 points from eleven games; 2, Gorey, 35 points from ten games; 3, De La Salle Palmerstown, 33 points from eleven games; 4, Ashbourne, 30 points from ten games.

Enniscorthy now play Gorey away in a top of the table clash on Saturday at 7.30 p.m.

Team: Angelo Todisco, David Murphy, Paddy Waters, Seán Wall, Tomás Stamp, Tom Ryan, Greg Jacob,Timmy Morrissey, Evan Lett, Ivan Poole, David O'Dwyer, Hugh O'Neill, Killian Lett (capt.), Ivan Jacob, Ross Barbour. Subs. (all used) - Jack Kelly, James Doyle, Nick Doyle, James Ruth, Brian Bolger.

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